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LCV Responds to Virginia Officials’ Criticism of New Clean Air Standards

Contact: Kate Geller, (202) 785-8683 or

April 4, 2012  

 VIRGINIA – On Wednesday, elected officials in Virginia  hosted a press call to criticize the EPA’s first-ever national standards for industrial carbon pollution for power plants. The League of Conservation Voters is currently running television advertising in Virginia aimed at raising public awareness of and support for the EPA’s new clean air safeguards.

LCV Senior Vice President of Campaigns Navin Nayak issued the following statement in response:

“We expect polluters and their political allies to distort the impact of this new public health safeguard but the fact is cleaning up industrial carbon pollution will not turn off the lights or hurt consumers.   Despite what opponents would have people believe, this standard will position the electric power sector in Virginia to be a sustainable engine of growth for the American economy for decades to come.

It’s appalling that elected officials in the pocket of polluters are spreading lies about new clean air standards that will protect children and all Virginians from harmful air pollution, but not surprising that they are falling in lockstep with Virginia’s own denier-in-chief Ken Cuccinelli.”

The Facts: 

  • Carbon pollution causes climate change whose rise in temperature worsens health-harming air pollution.
  • The EPA confirms that carbon pollution threatens public health and the welfare of current and future generations.
  • In 2008, there were approximately 171,000 children with asthma in Virginia, a condition that is made worse by air pollution.  That year, approximately 17,000 Virginia children had to visit the emergency room because of an asthma attack caused by poor air quality. []
  • With 2 million children under the age of 19 in Virginia according to the 2010 census, 510,000 of them under the age of five, the long-term risks from carbon pollution and other power plant pollution are significant. []
  • According to Media Matters, many economists have debunked claims that the carbon rule will increase energy prices []

Campaign Contributions to Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA)

  • Over the course of his career, Rep. Morgan Griffith, one of the hosts of today’s press conference targeting clean air standards, has received almost $200,000 from electric utilities, coal, oil, natural gas and mining industries.  [ ]

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